Raising the energy standard in London
What would this cost?
5 April 2011
In May 2010, the Mayor of London commissioned CSE, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Housing Partnership (MHP), to undertake research to estimate the total cost of delivering an enhanced environmental standard for social rented homes in London. The final report has now been published.
London's social-housing profile differs from other parts of the country in that it contains a higher proportion of low and high-rise flats.
This study estimates the cost of delivering an enhanced Decent Homes standard by identifying the best technical options for delivering improvements relating to sustainable energy (energy efficiency and low/zero carbon generation), water efficiency and summer overheating within London’s social housing stock.
CSE's Martin Holley led the research. "Most people would agree that the Decent Homes Standard we have today doesn't go far enough in improving environmental performance and quality, nor in contributing to national targets for carbon reduction within the built environment. We feel an enhanced Decent Homes Standard should be a priority, and indeed many housing organisations are already experimenting with measures beyond the current standard, what you might call 'Decent Homes-plus’ programmes."
However, CSE's research estimates that even the most basic measures would cost London a minimum of £4 billion, with up to £10 billion for more ambitious measures, and in today's economic climate this is money that is unlikely to become available.
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